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Volkan Ozdemir

Biography

Dr. Volkan Özdemir is the Chairman of Ankara-based EPPEN (Institute for Energy Markets and Policies). He is also an Instructor in the Program of Eurasian Studies at Ankara’s Middle East Technical University.

21.12.2016

The Ankara assassination won't stop Turkey from tilting to Eurasia

The Ankara assassination won't stop Turkey from tilting to Eurasia

The assassination of the Russian ambassador in Ankara was a clear attempt to destabilize Russian-Turkish relations. For now, Turkey looks determined to continue on its current course

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15.10.2016

Syria and energy complicate Russia-Turkey relations

Syria and energy complicate Russia-Turkey relations

The main feature of Turkish-Russian relations is that both parties see each other as an instrument to use in their relations with the West. That is stopping them from a real breakthrough in bilateral relations

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28.08.2016

Here is why Turkey launched its operation in Syria

Here is why Turkey launched its operation in Syria

For the first time in the history of the Syrian conflict, the U.S., Russia, and Turkey are heading towards an endgame in Syria and the fate of that country will depend on relations between the three countries

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01.08.2016

Three important myths about the Turkish coup

Three important myths about the Turkish coup

After Turkey announced a state of emergency in the wake of the attempted coup in mid-July, it remains to be seen which foreign policy course Ankara will take

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09.02.2016

Russia and Turkey, on the slippery slope to direct confrontation

Russia and Turkey, on the slippery slope to direct confrontation

Given the divergence between Russian and Turkish interests in Syria, the odds of increasing tensions between Turkey and Russia leading to a military confrontation are becoming higher

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26.11.2015

Downing of Russian jet: Another test for Russia-Turkey relations

Downing of Russian jet: Another test for Russia-Turkey relations

To understand why the Turkish air force shot down the Russian jet on Nov. 24, it is necessary to look into the major Russian-Turkish differences over Syria

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02.11.2015

The Kremlin must deal with a new, more emboldened Turkey

The Kremlin must deal with a new, more emboldened Turkey

The results of Turkey’s snap elections indicate that Moscow will find it more difficult to get along with Ankara’s ruling party. This could impact everything from joint energy projects to foreign policy in the Middle East

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10.06.2015

Turkey's elections could result in weaker Russian-Turkish ties

Turkey's elections could result in weaker Russian-Turkish ties

The parliamentary elections in Turkey, which saw the loss of majority support for the ruling AKP, might complicate the Kremlin’s plans to implement the Turkish Stream pipeline project

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01.12.2014

Moscow gets ready to woo Ankara with gas

Moscow gets ready to woo Ankara with gas

With Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Turkey, Moscow and Ankara are expected to discuss future bilateral relations and common economic interests. Will they be able to team up politically?

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